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Channel news: Cisco patches VoIP; MSFT SPs for Vista, XP; Vista drives Linux PC sales

Cisco patches serious holes in voice-enabled offerings Four updates in all. [TheReg]

Microsoft releases service packs for Vista, XP to testers Microsoft rolls out SP1 for Windows Vista and SP3 for Windows XP. [DailyTech]

Vista aiding Linux desktop, strategist says Microsoft will lose market share to open-source desktops, a Dell strategist says at LinuxWorld. [eWEEK]

Partners: Microsoft MSP offering priced too high Microsoft’s partners are excited about the vendor’s plans to offer a tool for remotely managing their customers’ infrastructure, but some feel the initial pricing for the product is unrealistically high. [ChannelWeb]

SAP All-in-One gets improvements, customers SAP All-in-One will offer 60 new best practices and recently secured its 10,000th customer. []

Widening credit crunch slowly hitting tech vendors By most accounts the tech industry continues to do well, but the rest of the economy is growing increasingly jittery about the long-term impact of the mortgage fallout. Already, a number of firms have felt the effects of a tighter credit market, as it has affected their ability to do stock buybacks and M&A. Cisco yesterday reported strong earnings, but acknowledged weakness in the automotive and financial sectors. If things continue to spread to other sectors,more tech firms are likely to suffer from customer weakness. [TechDirt]

Outsourcing shifting to full service Giant outsourcing firms are transforming themselves into full-scale IT services companies. [eWEEK]

Dual-mode devices need to mature Dual-mode devices are hot among vendors and enterprises, but the technology isn’t yet ripe enough for companies to experience its true benefits. []

Management vs. the virtual server LinuxWorld A look at how the industry is moving to abstraction. [TheReg]

Oracle previews authentication service for Linux The new beta of Oracle Fusion Middleware tries to simplify managing and authenticating users in Linux environments. [eWEEK]

Google gives Linux its patent protection has promised not to use its patent portfolio against the Linux operating system and other open source projects by becoming the first end-user licensee of the Open Invention Network. [Computer Business Review]

Google wants people in the news to clarify news reports Google News is launching a new service that will let those who are involved in a particular news story comment on the news coverage on Google News. [TechDirt]

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